Wanza featuring Jhay Endless – Who We Are

Who We Are is the new single from Wanza with Jhay Endless alongside; a pair who are part of Left Wing Movement, a charitable democratic music group which is based in London and founded by Justin Benjamin in 2013. The song is the next in a line of ear pleasing, attention grabbing encounters from within the project, a track with plenty for pop, rap, and R ‘n’ B fans to get a kick from.

Wanza is serial rapper vocalist John Mwanza and Jhay Endless a talented grime rapper born Jonathon Scott; a creative pair which wraps and lyrically colours the captivating hooks of Garrett Raff within their new song. It is a misty blend in some ways to the heart of the song’s creation as you sense there may be more involved but swiftly clear that Who We Are is a magnet for ears.

The melodic prowess of Wanza soon simmers and harmonically roars around keys and lively beats before things settle as Jhay’s effect lined tones add to the blossoming drama. Melodies and harmonies smoulder as grimier textures strike and jab across the landscape of the track but it is the union of the pair’s distinctive and different vocal presence which grabs ears most potently, their enterprise matched by the increasing tension and mellow sighs of the sounds.

All combined, it is a rich enticement which even for ears that do not usually find a ready home in its style and genres provides a perpetual lure which cannot be dismissed but only recommended.

Who We Are is released August 8th.

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Pete RingMaster 28/06/2017

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The Moods – Joy

A spark for body and thoughts alike, Joy is the magnetic new single from UK outfit The Moods. Creating a fusion of electro pop, hip-hop, and reggae with plenty more besides, the Manchester 9-piece write songs the body just wants to dance to, as proven again by Joy, but equally propositions unafraid to look at and challenge personal, social, and world issues with a lyrical smart just as potent as the sounds around the words. September sees the release of The Moods’ album, Missing Peace and fair to say that their new single offers plenty of reasons to think about giving it attention.

Emerging from a musical experiment in North Manchester’s Boomshack Studios in early 2014, The Moods swiftly earned eager support from fans and local radio stations as well as the praise offering attention of journalists like John Robb and Terry Christian. 2016 was a strong year for the band, its finale seeing sell-out gigs in London, Glasgow and Manchester while two of their tracks are set to feature in the soundtrack of new UK film Strangeways Here We Come starring Michelle Keegan, Elaine Cassidy, Lauren Socha, and Nina Wadia. With plenty of shows lined-up before and after that eagerly anticipated album, this year is set to be even bigger with Joy sure to be a strong spark in its success.

The track slips in on a flirtatious wave of melodies and skittish rhythms as harmonies float in the background. That harmonious enticement is soon fuelling the instantly captivating vocals, a lure matched by the gentle caress of keys and the rousing throb of the bass. Across its whole electro/reggae nurtured length, the song never truly breaks from a lively simmer yet is as infectious as any full-blooded anthem, its energetic calm allowing vocals and words to be absorbed as hips swing and feet flit across the floor.

There are songs which instinctively just do all the right things whilst bringing a fresh air and adventure to the imagination. Joy is such an encounter, and a teaser easy to hope and expect will be emulated often within The Moods’ upcoming full-length.

Joy is released June 23rd through A1M Records.

Upcoming UK Tour Dates

JUNE

24th – Bolton – Blind Tiger

29th – Sheffield – West Street live

30TH – Preston – Roper Hall

JULY

7th – London – Dublin Castle

15th – Liverpool – Zanzibar

21st-23rd- East Lothian – Audio soup Festival

AUGUST

5th-6th – Scunthorpe – Party in the pines festival

SEPTEMBER

8th – Manchester – O2 Ritz – (Album launch party)

15th -17th – Buxworth – Rec Rock festival

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Pete RingMaster 21/06/2017

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Andreas S Jensen – Trust is My Anchor

With a new album due to drop this coming September, musician/songwriter/producer Andreas S Jensen releases new single Trust is My Anchor this month, a song which alone sparks plenty of intrigue for what the upcoming Disturbed might offer.

Moving to London from his native Denmark in 1998, Jensen first started working as a session player with the band Dweeb before concentrating on writing and production and signing a publishing and management deal with Wise Buddah Music. As part of writing team The Funktuary, he co-wrote and helped put together the radio edit/remix of Armand Van Heldens club classic My My My before the team released their own well-received EP. From there he joined Dub Pistols, who he still gigs with, and released a debut solo EP in the shape of Disconnected in 2014 and over the years has worked in various ways with the likes of Kevin Lyttle, Nate James, Stefanie Heinzmann, Dido, Rizzle Kicks, Beenie Man, Nerina Pallot, and Loick Essien among numerous others.

Jensen’s own music draws on the inspirations of artists such as David Bowie, Tom Petty, Soundgarden, Elliot Smith, and The Zombies; essences you can feel more than hear within Trust is My Anchor. A fusion of melodic rock and pop balladry, the song caresses ears initially with a single guitar alongside Jensen’s emotive tones. Both entice the listener into the heart of the track and the waiting muscular roar of the chorus. It is a quickly engaging mix; the minimalistic tone of the verse a blend of melancholy and hope openly sharing the track’s plaintive cries and its sturdier crescendo a defiant response which easily arouses the spirit.

Trust is My Anchor is a firmly satisfying encounter which invites rather than demands attention but easily provides a memorable and increasingly enjoyable experience.

Trust is My Anchor is released June 23rd.

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Pete RingMaster 21/06/2017

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Slug Comparison – IIa

photo by Peter Wiholm

As the world and age wears down the ability to be truly surprised and equally finding many things to be   especially excited by, there is one thing which does get the juices flowing and that is something new from Slug Comparison. That kind of anticipation springs from being enthralled by its first single Bringer of Doom and subsequently hooked on a following self-titled debut album back in 2014 and has now been seriously rewarded with new EP IIa.

For those yet to discover the glory of Slug Comparison, it is the solo project of Doug Harrison, the vocalist/guitarist of the similarly tempting Canadian progressive rock outfit Fen, they not to be confused with the British black metallers of the same name. Harrison’s sound has already proved to be is an instinctively bold and imaginative embracing of various rock bred styles and textures while involving ears and thoughts with an intimacy which maybe can only emerge within a solo endeavour. It has been a quiet time on the Slug Comparison front recently with Harrison being afflicted by tendinitis last year which brought his work on new tracks to a temporary halt; being unable to play and compose as is his process on the guitar. He is back now though and returns with the first in a series of EPs, a trio of songs produced by Doug Fury with Harrison which simply ignites the senses and imagination like never before.

Drawing on the craft of Fen guitarist Sam Levin, bassist Mike Young from The Devin Townsend Band, and Randall Stoll of Congenital Fixation to bring his new tracks to life, the latter pair having helped out previously on that first album, Harrison instantly captivates attention with opener Let Some Light. The lure of acoustic guitar hungrily caresses ears initially, it’s tempting soon joined and enhanced by Harrison’s distinctive and ever compelling vocals and the darker hues of bass and beats. Melodies ignite across the infectious canter of the song, opening like suggestive blooms as voice shares emotion and reflection with harmonic and earnest dexterity. Heavier rock strains add to the evolving landscape of the song, essences of blues and classic rock colouring more progressive and folkish essences though it all joins and emerges as something with its own character and style. The track is simply delicious, infectious and emotive while involving body and thought with sublime ease and craft; escalating all attributes with its unpredictability.

The opener also reveals a new organic catchiness in Harrison’s music without defusing the imagination and established individuality of sound exposed within his debut album. That infectiousness is even more virulent in the following Exactly What to Do. If its predecessor is irresistible, the second track is alchemy for the spirit, the track instantly grabbing hips and instincts with its swinging gait and a rock ‘n’ roll hunger soon joined by an addiction inciting chorus. Spicy grooves and grungy rapacity adds to the contagious theatre of the song, every catchy twist and seductive turn a spark to involvement and lusty pleasure. At times there are hints at the likes of Porcupine Tree, Voyager, and Katatonia within the adventure but again no more than scents in its own rich roar.

Becoming completes the EP, a gentle stroll of a song with Harrison and acoustic guitar again an engaging hug welcoming ears into the intimacy and heart of the song. A smouldering persuasion compared to the forceful exploits of the first two tracks, it still needs little time to unite with thoughts and appetite as ears get lost in its melodic wiring and descriptive beauty.

Even with an instinctive connection with the sounds of Slug Comparison because of those earlier temptations, IIa still left a surprise spawned open mouth behind on its first listen and a greed for much more thereon in. Doug Harrison has hit yet another plateau with his own writing and music and indeed for us eclipsed anything from Fen to date too; time the world caught on we say.

The IIa EP is out now and available @ https://slugcomparison.bandcamp.com/album/iia as a name your own price download.

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Pete RingMaster 13/06/2017

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Evoluzion – Changes

It is always fun when a song sneaks up on you and lures you back to it rather than you driving that urge. Changes from Evoluzion is one of those encounters, a track which certainly left enjoyment behind the first time but kept nagging away, sharing its hooks and haunting attraction in thoughts long after to spark repetitious returns to its presence.

The rap/pop seeded single comes from Australian musician/actor Cristian Saliadarre, an artist who signed his first recording contract back in 1989 at the age of fifteen and subsequently opened for MC Hammer and released the singles Bring Me On and The Right Way, the latter produced by New Kids On The Block drummer and Mark Walhberg’s producer, Derek Antunes.  Both hit the charts and sparked keen radio and TV attention and saw Saliadarre touring and appearing on numerous television shows, the latter track also finding international success.

Moving to the US to live in 1996, Saliadarre subsequently landed in Los Angeles to pursue his acting career with many major acting credits following before turning back and concentrating on music and songwriting in 2014. Eventually returning back to Australian and basing himself out of Sydney, a meeting and linking up with composer/musician/artist Viet-Van Nyguen sparked the birth of Evoluzion and now the successor to last year’s well-received single I’m a Dreamer.

Synths instantly cast a haunting melodic sky, its shadowy atmosphere crackling with sonic lightning and rhythmic whips as a portentous wind colludes with evocative melody woven textures emerging within Changes. Saliadarre’s reflective vocals are a blend of harmony and rawer rap hues, each aligning in an alluring presence subsequently joined by the floating enticement of female tones.

It is a magnetic union of sound and voice which entices first time around and brews greater enticement over time through those imagination stroking keys and the hook of Saliadarre’s vocals, both repeating in memory with or away from the song.

Changes is out now.

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Pete RingMaster 02/06/2017

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The Tangents – Tonight

Hailing from Nottingham, The Tangents is a trio which seemingly has been making a strong impression on their local music scene. With new single, Tonight, as a form of evidence, it is not too hard to understand why. The track is a lively slice of indie pop rock with a catchiness and vibrancy which belies its emotive theme of lost love and leaves a strong intrigue to hear a bit more of the British outfit.

Consisting of vocalist/guitarist Tom, bassist Jack, and drummer Angus, The Tangents is a band letting their music do all the talking so there is not a lot of background we can share. Tonight is a very vocal declaration of their potential rich sound and already strong songwriting. It is also a flavoursome slice of infectious rock ‘n’ roll and indie pop with a tasty strain of late seventies/early eighties power pop in its contagious stroll.

With its theme of a relationship break up seeded in a split experienced by Tom, the song opens with tenacious drums springing from a sonic mist, the plaintive tones of Tom and the emotive strokes of his guitar quickly adding their presence. Soon into its catchy canter, the already potent beats of Angus punch and jab, enjoyably resonating on ears as Jack’s bass adds more melancholic hues to the swinging gait of the track.

There is a slight mod like essence to the encounter too, especially across its boisterous chorus, which adds to its enterprising and increasingly rousing character. Together, it all makes for a proposition which may be just one song but if matched and built upon ahead is the first sign of a band with the ability to provoke much broader spread attention.

Tonight is released May 27th.

Upcoming live dates:

01/06/2017 – The Venue, Derby (tour)

03/06/2017 – The Leadmill, Sheffield (tour)

08/06/2017 – The Church, Leeds (tour)

17/06/2017 – The Parish, Huddersfield (tour)

22/06/2017 – The Engine Shed, Lincoln (tour)

29/06/2017 – The Shed, Leicester (tour)

30/06/2017 – The Maze, Nottingham (tour)

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Pete RingMaster 25/05/2017
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Seraya Young – Peace, Love and Understanding

Seraya Young has one of those voices which is may be best described as haunting the imagination. Its harmonic caresses are simply an instinctive seducing of ears and appetite and though fresh to our ears, our proof of that claim comes with her new single Peace, Love and Understanding, a track which kisses the senses like a warm exotic pool of water shimmering with a surface of suggestion.

Born in South Africa before moving to Australia at a relatively early age, Seraya was already lost to the beauty of music at the age of 5. Her mother made that realisation when finding her playing Love is a Beautiful Song, her father’s favourite track, on the organ, her daughter having to stand up to play because she could not reach the pedals otherwise. Those seeds have truly blossomed over the years; singing in church choirs and beginning to write her own songs as a teen leading in time to her recording her own solo work as well as collaborating with numerous artists and performing in the likes of Australia, the UK and US, India and Asia.

Taken from her well-received EP, I Left My Heart in Africa, released this past January, Peace, Love and Understanding is a song looking at “the cycles in life, generations, society, culture, the universe.” Keys rise with radiating elegance first, harmonic sunspots breaking around them as beats enticingly throb. The keys continue to spread, casting a weave of melodic reflection around the beguiling tones of Seraya, her voice bold whilst cradling ears in a hugging evocation of word and emotion matched by broader harmonies floating around like tempting pollen.

It is a naturally infectious affair, a proposition which as suggested persistently preys on the imagination pretty much from the first listen. Peace, Love and Understanding is not the style of music we would normally take under our wing but from its opening caress, pleasure was truly stoked.

Peace, Love and Understanding is released June 3rd.

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Pete RingMaster 25/05/2017

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